EPL: Paul Pogba sends Manchester United clear at top with win over Burnley

Manchester United moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League after a Paul Pogba goal gave them a 1-0 win over Kiwi Chris Wood's Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday (NZ time).

The victory, in the re-arranged fixture, put United on 36 points from 17 games with rivals Liverpool on 33 points ahead of the clash between the two sides at Anfield on Monday.

The breakthrough came in the 71st minute, when Marcus Rashford floated in a ball from the right which Pogba met with a volley that deflected off Burnley defender Matt Lowton and beat the wrong-footed Nick Pope.

It is the first time United have been top of the league after 17 games, since December 2012.

While United did not create as much as they would have expected against a team in 16th place, it was a determined and aggressive display from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

"It's very hard to play here," said Pogba, who enjoyed another good performance in the centre of midfield.

"They have a style of play, very strong and we knew it would be difficult. We had to keep our heads calm and just focus on ourselves and hope the goal would come and it did come. It was a great performance from everyone, good focus.

"There is still a long way to go and we have big games to go so we have to focus on that."

United skipper Harry Maguire had an effort ruled out in the first half after referee Kevin Friend ruled he had pushed Erik Pieters as he rose to head in a Luke Shaw cross at the back post.

Burnley applied some late pressure and felt they should have had a penalty when the ball appeared to hit Maguire's arm. James Tarkowski had a great chance to grab a point for the Clarets but failed to make good contact from a goalscoring position.

United should have wrapped up the win in the final minutes but Anthony Martial, through on goal, was denied by the legs of Pope.

Earlier, Everton claimed a sixth win from nine away games this season as Michael Keane's late header earned them a 2-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers to move them into fourth spot.

Sheffield United players bask in their first win of the season.
Sheffield United players bask in their first win of the season. Photo credit: Getty

A lively opening saw Alex Iwobi fire Everton in front before Ruben Neves replied for Wolves.

Wolves had looked the more likely winners in a dull second half but Keane's towering header in the 77th minute sealed maximum points for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

In the opening game of the day, Billy Sharp's second-half penalty earned Sheffield United a long-awaited first Premier League victory of the season, as they deservedly beat Newcastle United 1-0.

Chris Wilder's side had failed to win any of their opening 17 matches of the season - the worst start to a Premier League campaign - but finally came good to taste a league victory for the first time since July.

Newcastle, reduced to 10 men when Ryan Fraser was sent off just before halftime, were abject and could have few complaints as their winless league run extended to six matches.